"Tragic Kingdom" as written by and Eric Stefani....
Once was a magical place
Over time it was lost
Price increased the cost
Now the fortune of the kingdom
Is locked up in its dungeon vaults
The castle floor lies in traps
With coiled wires set back
Decoyed by old cheese, now the drawbridge
Has been lifted as the millions
They drop to their knees

They pay homage to a king
Whose dreams are buried in their minds
His tears are frozen stiff
Icicles drip from his eyes

The cold wind blows as it snows
On those who fight to get in
On heads that are small
Disillusioned (disillusioned) as they enter (as they enter)
They're unaware what's behind castle walls
But now it's written in stone
The king has been overthrown
By jesterly fools
And the power (and the power) of the people (of the people)
Shall come to believe they do rule

They pay homage to a king
Whose dreams are buried in their minds
His tears are frozen stiff
Icicles drip from his eyes
Welcome to the tragic kingdom
Cornfields of popcorn
Have yet to spring open

Have they lost their heads
Or are they all blind mice
We've heard all their stories
One too many times
Hypnotized by fireflies
That glow in the dark
Midgets that disguise themselves
As tiny little dwarfs
The parade that's electrical
It serves no real purpose
Just takes up a lot of juice
Just to impress us

They pay homage to a king
Whose dreams are buried in their minds
His tears are frozen stiff
Icicles drip from his eyes

Oh they drip from his eyes into an eye
They drip from his eyes

They pay homage to a king
The king who's buried, buried in their minds
They drip from his eyes
Welcome to the tragic kingdom
Cornfields of popcorn
Have yet to spring open


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"Tragic Kingdom" as written by Eric Stefani

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    General CommentI always thought this was about Disneyland. When I told my bf, he thought I was high. Here's what I think: "Once was a magical place Over time it was lost Price increased the cost" = Magic Kingdom, expensive, "They pay homage to a king" = walt disney, "On heads that are small"= kids, "They're unaware what's Behind castle walls" = cinderellas castle, "Welcome to the tragic kingdom" = magic kingdom, tragic because its shit now, "Cornfields of popcorn Have yet to spring open" = all the junk food they cram down you, "Or are they just all blind mice....Hypnotized by fireflies ...Midgets that disguisethemselves As tiny little dwarfs"= blind mice, fireflies, dawrfs = yeah disney, "The parade that's electrical It serves no real purpose Just takes up a lot of juice Just to impress us" = electric parade, "His tears are frozen stiff Icicles drip from his eyes" = walt disneys dream was lost in commercialization. So there's what I think. Then again maybe I'm high.
    brinker1783on May 03, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI miss this. Fuck that "orange county girl" shit.
    britinaon December 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUm...has no one mentioned their shout out to the fact that there's a legend that Walt Disney is buried under CalArts (the animation school), his body frozen in ice so that one day he can be unfrozen and walk the earth again? Which is lol not true, but a very popular tale. Hence the frozen tears icicles dripping from his eyes.

    Also I like the Star Wars theme saxophone at the end.
    rupeeloveon August 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Also I like the Star Wars theme saxophone at the end."

    Haha yes! I love that.
    bkbroileron February 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat is the world, but one giant Disneyland?
    WhopperBuzzon January 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI LOVE this song !!!!

    This is what I've found out what the song means, from here - en.allexperts.com/q/Doubt-538/…

    Well if you were looking for a hidden meaning in a song, this wasn't the best choice. It's kind of straight forward. I have lived in Anaheim for over 10 years and currently do and many people in this area (including No Doubt in this song) consider Disneyland to be a monster organization. Disney calls themself "The Magic Kingdom" hence why this song is called "Tragic Kingdom". It's kind of showing the unseen side of Disneyland.

    "Once was a magical place
    Over time it was lost" - this means that Disneyland when it started was a cool place, but over the years it lost it's magic.

    "Price increased the cost
    Now the fortune of the kingdom
    Is locked up in its dungeon vaults" - this means that the prices of tickets increased over the years to an incredible amount ($40 a ticket to each Disneyland park which there are 2 of)....and now Disney is hording their money and not spending it to improve things for people who visit.

    "They pay homage to a king
    Whose dreams are buried
    In their minds
    His tears are frozen stiff
    Icicles drip from his eyes" - The king is Mickey Mouse in this. Mickey's "life" including his dreams like in Fantasia are buried in our minds because most people have saw these movies. Mickey is referred to be cold hearted as well.

    "disillusioned as they enter
    They're unaware what's
    Behind castle walls" - this refers to the people who aren't aware of Disneylands dark side.

    "Welcome to the tragic kingdom
    Cornfields of popcorn
    Have yet to spring open" - the cornfields of popcorn refers to it being a touristy type of place

    "Have they lost their heads
    Or are they just all blind mice" - this refers to the tourists of Disneyland who don't see what's going on

    "We've heard all their stories
    One too many times" - poeple in the local area of Disneyland have all heard the horror stories of Disneyland

    "Hypnotized by fireflies
    that glow in the dark" - this is refering to the sparkling lights all around

    "Midgets that disguise themselves
    As tiny little dwarfs" - this is refering to the people who dress up as the 7 Dwarfs

    "The parade that's electrical
    It serves no real purpose
    Just takes up a lot of juice
    Just to impress us" - and finally this refers to the Electtrical Light Parade of Disneyland.

    Being a reseident of Anaheim for so long, people in the area become resentful of Disneyland since it's always trying to buy the whole city and taking over small local mom and popl businesses. It's not the cool place that tourists see, but it's a money hungry corporation that the local residents see.

    Hope that helps a little.

    Daniel M.


    It's quite poweful stuff !!
    and Eric Stefani (the writer) of the song did say (some where on his FaceBook) something a long the lines of "that horrible song I wrote about Disneyland". LOL :P
    GGNDrockon April 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song just..rocks hard.
    weezerific:cutleryon December 12, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay FYI....for those of you who DONT know....this song is about Disneyland....which is in Anehiem, their home town, which I live about 20-30 mins away from!! Whoo-Hoo!!!
    ND 4ever!!!! LOL!!!
    IMAlittleTEAPOTon February 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is pointing out that humans are brainwashed by icons and ideallism. We live under the precipice that our wealth makes us who we are, and we are all willing to give into it. Why else would we pay $50+ per person for entry into DisneyLand and then buy overpriced merchandise? Our land is a Tragic Kingdom, let us all bow down.
    Gato Blancoon March 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this was about Disneyland. When I told my bf, he thought I was high. Here's what I think: "Once was a magical place Over time it was lost Price increased the cost" = Magic Kingdom, expensive, "They pay homage to a king" = walt disney, "On heads that are small"= kids, "They're unaware what's Behind castle walls" = cinderellas castle, "Welcome to the tragic kingdom" = magic kingdom, tragic because its shit now, "Cornfields of popcorn Have yet to spring open" = all the junk food they cram down you, "Or are they just all blind mice....Hypnotized by fireflies ...Midgets that disguisethemselves As tiny little dwarfs"= blind mice, fireflies, dawrfs = yeah disney, "The parade that's electrical It serves no real purpose Just takes up a lot of juice Just to impress us" = electric parade, "His tears are frozen stiff Icicles drip from his eyes" = walt disneys dream was lost in commercialization. So there's what I think. Then again maybe I'm high.
    brinker1783on May 03, 2003   Link

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